MWC 2018 (Mobile World Congress) has been held from February 26 to March 1, 2018. This is event of introduction to new technology on Mobile Gadgets and there were many highlights including 5G to the amazing phones and features to be introduced in periods of 2018. As usual, the top gossip was again stolen by Samsung Mobile with it’s greatest and successful lineup of Galaxy S series. This year they introduced Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ giving us many things to excite about. Tirkha.com took the notes at the best of features of the new Galaxy S9 & S9+ .
Both phones feature towards a new chapter in the smartphone photography. New blazing-fast chipsets, Samsung’s first camera with variable aperture, and an Xperia-like super-slow-motion video capturing at 960fps but done the right way – automatically. There are also high-quality stereo speakers – a highly-anticipated and long overdue feature. The two models share the new sensor with variable aperture, but only the S9+ comes with a secondary telephoto camera borrowed from the Note8’s back. This means no Live Focus on the S9.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ at a glance
- Body: Polished aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple color schemes.
- Display: 5.8″/6.2″ Super AMOLED Infinity, 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 568/531ppi; HDR 10 compliant.
- Rear camera: S9 and S9+: 12MP, f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, OIS; multi-shot image stacking; multi-frame noise reduction; 2160p/30fps video recording; 1080p/240fps; 960fps super slow-mo with automatic motion detection. S9+ only: Secondary telephoto 12MP, Type 1/3.4″ sensor, OIS and Dual Pixel PDAF, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length
- Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
- OS/Software: Android 8.0 Oreo; Samsung Grace UX; Bixby virtual assistant with Bixby Vision; KNOX with Intelligent Scan
- Chipsets: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: octa-core CPU (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 GPU. Exynos 9810: octa-core CPU (4×2.8 GHz 3rd-gen Mongoose + 4×1.7GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.
- Memory: S9: 4GB of RAM; S9+: 6GB of RAM; 64GB / 128GB / 256GB storage; microSD slot for cards up to 256GB, UFS cards support.
- Battery: 3,000mAh/3,500mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging; WPC&PMA wireless charging.
- Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in certain markets; LTE-A, 4-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 downlink; USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader; iris recognition/face recognition; AKG by Harman Stereo Speakers with Dolby Atmos; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones.
The software has received a major bump with the latest Android Oreo Samsung seems to have built yet another impressive feature-rich Grace topping. And with that Bixby isn’t going away, nor is its dedicated hardware button. Instead Bixby has new features such as live translation, places and food suggestions with burnt calories tracking. Then there are the AR Emojis with 18 presets – a cool feature familiar from the iPhone X and its animojis. KNOX got smarter, DeX has new pad-support, the list goes on and on.
Both have the same main camera – a 12MP sensor with variable aperture – f/1.5-2.4. The sensor is optically stabilized, as usual, and supports dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus. There is a single LED flash, nothing has changed in this matter since the Galaxy S2. The Galaxy S9+ adds a secondary 12MP sensor with telephoto lens on the back, and it’s the same camera we saw on the Galaxy Note8. OIS and dual-pixel AF are present as well.
The camera on both devices support image stacking and is capable of new noise-reduction procedure with 4-frame stacking. Samsung promises 30% less noise on all images, which is an impressive achievement right there. Reducing the noise would mean less artificial noise reduction and should allow for keeping more fine detail in the low-light images. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ support 4K video recording at 60fps, captured in the new HEVC format. But there is something else to steal the spotlight – 720p slow-mo capturing at 960fps.